Ray Toms (b. 1954 )
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Hand built stoneware bottle vase with porcelain <br />  slip over red iron and ash glazes by Ray Toms
Hand built stoneware bottle vase with porcelain
slip over red iron and ash glazes. 

 
Stoneware bottle vase  by Ray Toms
Stoneware bottle vase . 
 
Stoneware bottle vase with green ash glaze and iron inclusions by Ray Toms
Stoneware bottle vase with green ash glaze and iron inclusions. 
 
Stoneware moon jar with finger-wiped porcelain slip over Tenmoku glaze by Ray Toms
Stoneware moon jar with finger-wiped porcelain slip over Tenmoku glaze. 
 

Biography

Born in London, Ray Toms was brought up in Cornwall, one of the sources of his inspiration. He is mostly self-taught, although he credits mastering the basic skills to a much admired local tutor. He also trained at West Herts College. His pots are made from high-fired stoneware from clay sourced from St. Agnes in Cornwall. The glazes are mostly made by using locally sourced ash from different types of wood to create a variety of colours, and the slips are made mainly from porcelain. Toms' ceramics draw their influence from the Anglo-Japanese tradition. The deeply fluid textured surfaces of his pots, reflect the rugged drama of the Cornish landscape and moving water of his youth, interpreted in a contemporary way.